Pink Layers


Seeing as the Polar Vortex in my area is causing us all to dress in layers, I thought I would make something to fit that description. It’s a twist on the basic shell made with lightweight pink silk twill. The layers are joined at the armhole seams, and offset at the hem and neckline.

I worked on this all through the holidays, and kept losing my place, making mistakes, and having to go back and re-do parts of it. Usually, when I put a project down, I get back to it the same day or the next day, so I can remember what I was thinking and just proceed. However, with the holidays, there would often be several days between sewing sessions, so I just could not remember what I was supposed to do, and often did the wrong thing and had to go back and pull out seams. It did not help that the pattern was confusing, and I drafted it myself, so the pieces were not well-marked.

I’m a little disappointed in the photos. It looks much cooler in person, but I just don’t feel like re-taking the photos. So here it is.

Each layer is constructed of 2 layers of fabric, so I could finish all the edges without hemming, facing, or binding. The fabric is pretty lightweight, so even though there are 4 layers over most of the body, it does not feel heavy.


front neckline

front neckline



front view

front view



  1. Towanda
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 7:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’m glad that you are happy with the finished top, it was worth the work. Looks great. Doubling the fabric is such a cool idea.

  2. Pam
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    I actually love this. Such clever design!

  3. Nancy Karpen
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You’d probably like it better in pictures on you than on your dress form. I love the back of this the best. It’s open all the way to the armscye? I may steal this detail! I can see this looking fabulous with a pair of slim white pants.

    • Posted January 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

      The photo of the back is the only one that I like. It is open to the vertical midpoint of the armhole seam. I think it should cover me well enough, but I’ll find out!

  4. Posted January 11, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, it’s so pretty!

  5. Posted January 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That is my favorite type of pink. Gorgeous top, as usual for your work.

  6. Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is a lovely piece for layering, and the perfect shade of pink. Love all your pics of it.

  7. Posted January 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great top Claudine.

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